Meanderings. 3-08-10


Government in Action!

Over-Connecting the Dots: At age 8, Mike Hicks is a frequent air traveler with his mother, and while she is seldom noticed by airport screeners, “Mikey” almost always is because he shares a name with someone on the enhanced-security list that is one level below “no fly” (one of 1,600 such Michael Hickses in the U.S.). His mom told The New York Times in January that Mikey has been patted down by security since he was 2. [New York Times, 1-14-10]


Sometimes government under-connects the dots. Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley’s January arrest and February indictment for allegedly sexually molesting 103 children came only after he was cleared in two police investigations in three years, involving eight complaints, and despite oneex-colleague’s routinely referring to Dr. Bradley as a “pedophile.”

A Bit Behind The Power Curve?

Ten days after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab nearly brought down the Christmas Day airliner over Detroit, the State Department officially revoked his visa. [Detroit News, 1-4-10]

Eight days after the Christmas Eve demolition of Minneapolis’ historic Fjelde House (as a fire hazard), the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission awarded the site “interim protection” for its historic value. [Star Tribune, 1-3-10]

Civility In Parliamentary Politics:

When “You Lie!” Doesn’t Quite Capture the Moment: Legislator Abel LeBlanc was suspended from Canada’s New Brunswick Assembly in February for giving middle-finger salutes to two colleagues, calling one a “punk” and declaring himself ready to “walk outside with any one of yas here.” “Don’t ever laugh at me,” he continued. “Yes, I gave you that (the finger). And I’ll give you that again. And (to another colleague) I’ll give you this (finger) if you want to go outside.” [Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News, 2-11-10]


Colt Heltsley, 20, had been spotted by police in 2008 at the Preble County (Ohio) Fair, “looking around, acting nervous” in the area of a row of portable toilets and in one 30-minute sequence continually moving empty toilets until they were close together. He was eventually convicted of voyeurism, peeping at a female using the facility. In December 2009, a state appeals court rejected Heltsley’s defense that police had violated his right to privacy with their surveillance. [Cincinnati Enquirer, 12-28-09]


7 Responses to “Meanderings. 3-08-10”

  1. Gini Says:

    Well, you definitely brought a smile to my face, as I recollect the really stupid ‘stuff’ that happens at the airport, even if your name is NOT on a list somewhere! YIKES! Very nicely done Chas…. πŸ™‚
    The stories are out there, just have to know where to find them.


  2. Dave Says:


    More great observations. Ok, first Mike Hicks, the small boy. Question where has the common sense gone. Don’t the security people realize he’s a small boy, for goodness’ sake. C’mon, instead of looking for real security threats they pat down a small boy? Seriously, seriously whacked. Common sense obviously has taken the first plane out of the US airports! Where it’s headed nobody knows.

    Fjelde House demolished on Christmas eve and then it is given preservation status. Ok, this is another genius move. They’re going to preserve the rubble now? Seriously, what’s going on?

    And peeping portapotty guy wants his rights? The only right I would give him is shoving his head down a toilet and flushing. Sorry for that, but these things are so completely outrageous. Thanks for filling us in, Chas. Great stuff.
    Just some funny and some really sad stuff from weird news my friend. You have to either roll your eyes or laugh at the stupid every now and then.


  3. Gwen Says:

    Pretty sad eh?
    Actually I was hopeful I’d bring a smile to everyone’s face. It’s so stupid you almost have to laugh at it.


  4. Jack T Says:

    Thank you, I am new to this blogging so excuse me if I appear a little naive at times.
    Nor problem. Unlike Aly’s the newest blogs show up first. I sent you an e-mail with a suggestion for reading.


  5. Jack T Says:

    Hello Chas,
    Welcome Jack.


  6. Frank C Says:

    Those would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic.
    I only copy them Frank. I happen to pick the ones that are both. πŸ˜‰


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